King Dedede (デデデ大王, Dedede Daiō) is the main antagonist of the series and the archenemy of Kirby, though he is sometimes an anti-hero. He is a large penguin-like creature who serves as the monarch of Dream Land, carrying a large wooden mallet and is known to be self-centered; furthermore, Dedede causes many problems for the inhabitants of Dream Land through selfish mischief. Other times, his villainous acts are usually under the corrupting influences of other, more dangerous evils. Despite this, he is not truly evil and does care for Dream Land. He and Kirby do not hesitate to team up against a common enemy. A recurring motif of the series is the assumption that Dedede has performed an act which is essentially benevolent, such as sealing away the villainous Nightmare from Kirby's Adventure, which is misinterpreted as malevolent. Dedede often pats his belly in a jolly manner, and has many of the same abilities as Kirby himself does, such as being able to inhale objects and spit them back out with tremendous force, and the ability to suck in air and fly. He can't copy abilities. Pretended in "Cartoon Buffoon" in the anime.